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Tuesday, Feb 18, 2014 at 1:21 AM
      

Chicago Coalition Forms to Fight Pension Cuts

Several Chicago groups have joined forces with the goal of protecting retirement security. Read »

Tuesday, Feb 11, 2014 at 12:04 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Cullerton Talks Tough on CTU Pensions. CTU Doesn't Blink.

Cullerton Talks Tough on CTU  Pensions. CTU Doesn't Blink.

In a one-two punch, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton has called on Chicago Public School teachers to give up some future benefits to help reform the city’s troubled pension system by warning that if they... Read »

Friday, Jan 31, 2014 at 1:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Emanuel Seeks Help In Dealing with City Pension Shortfall

Emanuel Seeks Help In Dealing with City Pension Shortfall

A few days after Gov. Pat Quinn gave a State of the State speech without mentioning Chicago’s looming pension crisis, Mayor Rahm Emanuel is reaching out to lawmakers in Springfield for help. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 28, 2014 at 12:30 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson
      

Union Group Files Suit to Overturn Pension Reform

Calling the pension reform law passed last year “pension theft”, a coalition of unions has filed suit to overturn the legislation in a downstate court. Read »

Tuesday, Jan 21, 2014 at 11:23 AM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Illinois’ Budget Picture Bleak Despite Pension Reform

Illinois’ Budget Picture Bleak Despite Pension Reform

A new report says a project $160 billion in savings from recent pension reform legislation won't be enough to fix the state’s growing deficits. Read »

Thursday, Jan 2, 2014 at 4:08 PM
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By Sara Burnett

More Retired Ill. Workers Sue Over New Pension Law

More Retired Ill. Workers Sue Over New Pension Law

Two groups of retired state employees on Thursday became the latest organizations to pursue a court challenge of a new plan to eliminate Illinois' $100 billion public pension shortfall. Read »

Saturday, Dec 28, 2013 at 8:16 AM
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By Sara Burnett

Retired Ill. Teachers Sue State Over Pension Law

Retired Ill. Teachers Sue State Over Pension Law

A group of retired Illinois teachers and administrators have filed a lawsuit seeking to have a new plan to reduce the state's $100 billion pension shortfall declared unconstitutional. Read »

Friday, Dec 13, 2013 at 8:00 PM
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By Sara Burnett, The Associated Press

Quinn Drops Appeal of Lawsuit Over Lawmaker Pay

Quinn Drops Appeal of Lawsuit Over Lawmaker Pay

Governor's actions come about a week after the General Assembly approved a plan that supporters say would eliminate the massive unfunded liability and save the state $160 billion over the next three decades,... Read »

Tuesday, Dec 10, 2013 at 3:05 PM
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By Mark W. Anderson

Illinois’ Credit Rating May Improve

Illinois’ Credit Rating May Improve

Illinois may find itself with a bit of good news in the wake of the recently signed pension reform bill: a better credit rating. Read »

Monday, Dec 9, 2013 at 2:49 PM
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By Sara Burnett

Pension Crisis Endangers Chicago's Future

Pension Crisis Endangers Chicago's Future

More teachers losing their jobs, thousands fewer police and firefighters on duty, less frequent trash collection and miles of potholed roads going unrepaired — all as property taxes soar. That's the scenario... Read »

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Mark W. Anderson Ward Room Blogger Mark W. Anderson is a writer and journalist specializing in public policy, politics and economics. He graduated from Columbia College Chicago in 2006, and has operated a full service communications and strategy firm while working in and out of politics for more than a decade. A lifelong Chicagoan and White Sox fan, he lives in a Rogers Park apartment stacked with books and records.
Phil Rogers Emmy Award-winning reporter with trenchant insight into Chicago's political machinations.
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